Welcome to your game feed as Orlando Pride (4-5-6, 18 points) takes on NJ/NY Gotham FC (4-10-0, 12 points) at Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. This is the fourth time these two teams will play this season and the second in the NWSL regular season.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game.
Pride have been playing against Gotham since 2016, when the New York-area club was called Sky Blue FC. They have played every season except 2020, when the regular season was canceled due to the global pandemic. Across all competitions, the teams have met 18 times, with Pride going 6-7-5. However, Pride is 6-5-4 against Gotham in championship games and 3-2-2 in championship road games.
The most recent game between Pride and Gotham was the regular season opener on May 1 at Exploria Stadium. This game was all Gotham as McCall Zerboni, Midge Purce and Kristie Mewis carried the visitors to a 3-0 win.
The two teams also faced off in the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup, playing twice before the start of the regular season. The first game took place on March 30 at Exploria Stadium. The match appeared to be heading for a draw, but Ellie Jean sent Purce on in the 87th minute which resulted in the game’s only goal. They met again at Red Bull Arena on April 23 to complete the Challenge Cup. Pride took an early lead through Gunny Jonsdottir, but Mewis responded just before half-time as the teams drew 1-1.
The two teams also played four times last year, including three in the regular season. The first meeting in 2021 was in the Challenge Cup on April 20 in Orlando. Paige Monaghan scored the only goal in the 79th minute as Gotham took all three points.
The two teams faced off in the 2021 regular season on June 20 in Orlando. Caprice Dydasco put the visitors ahead just before half-time but Courtney Petersen responded in the 90th minute to draw the game 1-1. They met on August 29 at Red Bull Arena. Erika Tymrak’s 49th-minute long-range strike was the game’s only goal as Pride won 1-0. The last meeting in 2021 took place on October 9 in Orlando. Gotham took a 3-0 lead with a goal from Purce and a brace from Gaetane Thiney. Pride tried to come back late with goals from Tymrak and a penalty from Marta in the final 10 minutes, but it wasn’t enough as Gotham won 3-2.
The two teams played three times in 2019, last season Pride faced the club known as Sky Blue FC. They first met on June 22 in New Jersey. Chioma Ubogagu gave Pride a 1-0 lead with a 32nd-minute penalty conversion, but Sarah Killion responded in the 32nd minute. The difference in the match was an 81st-minute own goal from Gina Lewandowski as Pride won 2-1 away. They met again almost a month later, on July 20 in Orlando. Marisa Viggiano scored the only goal of this as Pride won 1-0. The last game was on September 29 in New Jersey. Shelina Zadorsky put Pride ahead in the 18th minute but Carli Lloyd scored in the 88th minute to draw the game 1-1.
Pride and Sky Blue FC played three times in 2018. The first meeting took place on June 16 in Orlando. Sydney Leroux scored twice, but it was Rachel Hill’s 83rd-minute goal that made the difference as Pride won 3-2. They met again in Orlando on August 5. Three goals were scored in eight minutes after half-time, but two were by Sky Blue. Fortunately, Dani Weatherholt equalized in the 73rd minute and the teams drew 2-2. The two teams finished the 2018 regular season against each other on September 8 in New Jersey. Carli Lloyd scored the game’s only goal in the 74th minute as the hosts won 1-0.
The first of three meetings in 2017 between the two teams took place on May 27 in New Jersey. Pride took the lead in the 18th minute through Jasmyne Spencer, but Sam Kerr and Maya Hayes responded to beat Pride 2-1. They played again on June 28 in New Jersey. Pride took the lead again when Ubogagu struck in the 11th minute. Kelley O’Hara and Kerr then struck either side of the half to put the hosts ahead. But this time the pride returned with late goals from Marta and Hill to win 3-2. The last meeting in 2017 took place on August 12 in Orlando. This one was all Pride as braces from Alex Morgan and Marta carried Pride to a 5-0 victory.
The first year the two teams played was in 2016 – Pride’s inaugural season. The matches were consecutive and three days apart. On September 7 in New Jersey, Morgan put Pride ahead in the 23rd minute, but Sam Kerr equalized with 10 minutes remaining and the teams tied 1-1. The rematch was on September 10 in Orlando and once again Pride led, but this time by Kristen Edmonds. However, Sky Blue FC scored twice in the second half to win 2-1.
Pride comes into this match playing his best football of the year. The team is currently on a six-game unbeaten streak (2-0-4) since the team’s 2-2 draw against Racing Louisville in Daytona on July 3. draw by beating San Diego Wave FC 1-0. The difference was a 23rd-minute penalty conversion by Meggie Dougherty Howard following a handball into the box.
Despite recent success, Pride are still in the midst of a major rebuild, resulting in the departure of several veterans from the club. The lack of incoming players has been a sore spot among the fanbase, but general manager Ian Fleming signed two new players this week in OL Reign’s Ally Watt and Houston Dash’s Haley Hanson, with both deals seeing Allocation Money go the other. way.
Tonight, Pride takes on a team from Gotham that has struggled this season. After trading for former Pride executives Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger in the offseason, the team was expected to be a contender. But Gotham has lost five straight, putting the team near the bottom of the NWSL standings.
To be fair to tonight’s opponent, four of the five losses have come away, including the last three. This game begins a four-game homestand for Gotham (although the game takes place in Chester, Pennsylvania) as the hosts look to get their season back on track against a young Pride team.
Gotham is led by Purce, who has three goals and two assists in the regular season. Other players scoring multiple goals are what you’d expect, including Monaghan, Taylor Smith and Zerboni, all with three goals. The team also includes the dangerous Mewis, but she missed a few games this year while with the United States Women’s National Team.
It’s been a tough season in every way for Gotham. The team have scored 11 league goals this season and conceded 30 league goals – level with Pride. They’ve allowed 17 of those 30 goals in their last five games.
“(Gotham FC) is a good team. They have good players and we have to be aware of that,” Pride interim head coach Seb Hines said of tonight’s opponent. “Every week there are so many problems that the teams can cause us and we have to prepare as best we can to get an away performance.”
This game will have a different setting, as the teams will face off at Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, home of the Philadelphia Union of MLS. Gotham played a game there last year as a send-off for Carli Lloyd, who grew up in the Philadelphia area. This is the only NWSL game scheduled to be played at Subaru Park this season.
While Marta (knee) and Parker Roberts (foot) remain out of action, Carrie Lawrence and Abi Kim are missing from the injury report for tonight’s game. However, Darian Jenkins (knee) and Anna Moorhouse (hand) are both eliminated against Gotham.
Gotham’s injured list remains unchanged. Only Allie Long (maternity leave) and Domi Richardson (knee) are listed as absent tonight.
Orlando Pride (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Erin McLeod.
Defenders: Celia, Megan Montefusco, Carrie Lawrence, Kylie Strom.
Defensive midfielders: Meggie Dougherty Howard, Viviana Villacorta.
Midfielders: Erika Tymrak, Gunny Jonsdottir, Kerry Abello.
Forwards: Julie Doyle.
NJ/NY Gotham FC (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Michelle Betas.
Defenders: Imani Dorsey, Estelle Johnson, Mandy Freeman, Ellie Jean.
Defensive midfielders: Taryn Torres, Kristie Mewis.
Midfielders: Paige Monaghan, Kristie Mewis, Midge Purce.
Forwards: Taylor Smith.
REF: Katja Koroleva.
AR1: Jessica Carnivale.
AR2: Well pilgrim.
4TH: Stephanie MacFarland.
How to watch
Game time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Subaru Park — Chester, Pennsylvania.
Diffusion: Paramount+ (US), Twitch (International).
Enjoy the game. Go Pride!